Is Milk Necessary for Building Strong Bones?

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Is Milk Necessary for Building Strong Bones? – 5 December 2008

The answer to this question is a definite NO! More than ten years ago, the Harvard University Nurses’ Health Study, with over 120,000 subjects, found that the consumption of milk and other dairy products does not protect against the bone fractures of osteoporosis (the bone-thinning disease that the dairy industry wants you to believe is related to too little milk in your diet). In fact, those in the study who drank 3 or more servings of milk a day actually had a slightly higher rate of fractures than women who drank little or no milk (American Journal of Public Health Vol. 87 (1997) pp. 992-997).

And Why It Matters:

Dairy and Cancer: Statistics show that death rates due to breast cancer are considerably higher in areas with a high dairy consumption (British Journal of Cancer 24, 633-43). And a 2004 study showed that for every glass of milk a woman consumes each day her risk of dying from ovarian cancer goes up by 20% (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2004). Countries where people don’t drink much milk have much, much lower rates of these and other hormone-related cancers, including prostate cancer.

For more information about this connection see The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell or any of the books on breast cancer, prostate cancer, or osteoporosis by Dr. Jane A. Plant, a distinguished British scientist, and a breast cancer survivor.

Animal Compassion: Dairy cows suffer from being impregnated each year of their shortened lives. They are so “spent” after about three years of milking that they can barely stand and are sent off to slaughter for cheap hamburger. They could otherwise live to 25 or 30. And the veal industry, which slaughters the male calves at a few months of age, would not exist if there were no demand for dairy.

Global Warming: Livestock agriculture contributes to more climate change and global warming than all forms of transportation put together (United Nations’ Report of November 2006 “Livestock’s Long Shadow”). Trading in your cheeseburger and cow’s milk for a veggie burger and rice milk will do more to stop global warming than trading in an SUV for a hybrid (but do that, too).

There is adequate calcium and other minerals needed for bone growth in green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and even fruits like oranges and strawberries. And beans, nuts, grains, and veggies have plenty of protein to build muscle, too.

For more articles about milk, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health/sub-milk.html 

Also visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/cattle.html 

For great-tasting recipes, photos, and information, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes.html
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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